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Pensioner killed in Eastbourne house fire

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  • October 9, 2013
A pensioner has died in a fire at a property in Eastbourne. The 85-year-old woman was unconscious when she was rescued by firefighters from the blaze in Darley Road, at about 13:50 BST on Sunday. East Sussex Fire and Rescue and ambulance staff tried ...

Crews tackle 'severe' Birmingham city centre fire

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  • October 7, 2013
Firefighters have been tackling what they describe as a "severe" blaze near Birmingham city centre. West Midlands Fire Service said five engines were called to the fire in a building on New Canal Street, in the east of the city centre, at 06:40 BST. ...

Mulbarton couple say recalled product fire was preventable

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  • October 7, 2013
A couple from Norfolk whose house was badly damaged in a fire caused by a faulty dishwasher said the blaze could "easily have been avoided". Marga Kampenaar and Derek Boughtflower, of Mulbarton, were rescued after their Bosch appliance caught fire in...

Shoeburyness MoD QinetiQ site hit by explosion

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  • October 7, 2013
An explosion at a Ministry of Defence site in Essex is being investigated. The blast happened at about 11:00 BST at a centre for disarming weaponry, run by defence contractor QinetiQ, in Blackgate Road, Shoeburyness. About 10kg (22lbs) of explosives ...

Outwood mobile home arson attack victims uninjured

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  • October 7, 2013
Two people have escaped to safety after their mobile home was set on fire in a suspected arson attack in Surrey. Emergency services were called to the fire, near the Dog and Duck pub in Prince of Wales Road, Outwood, shortly after 01:00 BST. Police s...

Firefighter falls down lift-shaft during Handsworth fire

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  • October 7, 2013
A firefighter fell down a lift-shaft while tackling a blaze at a family centre in Birmingham. The man in his 30s, fell 8m (26ft) down a lift-shaft and was taken to hospital on a spine board. He was among 20 firefighters called to the semi-detached pr...

Burscough explosion: Chemical firm fined after three injured

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  • October 5, 2013
A chemical firm has been fined £150,000 after three workers suffered serious injuries in an explosion. Personnel Hygiene Services (PHS) Ltd pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to a health and safety breach in October 2010. Three employees suffer...

Leicester fatal fire: Seven appear in court for murder

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  • October 5, 2013
Seven people have appeared in court charged with the murder of a mother and her three children who died in a house fire in Leicester. Kemo Porter, 18, Nathaniel Mullings, Jackson Powell, Aaron Webb, all 19, Akeem Jeffers, 21, Shaun Carter, 24, and a ...

East Sussex fire service 'still putting at lives at risk'

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  • October 5, 2013
Firefighters in East Sussex are still being put at unnecessary risk because of a lack of training and resources, the Fire Brigades Union has claimed. It said East Sussex Fire and Rescue had made no progress in protecting officers since the deaths of ...

Schoolboy, 15, 'set fire to love rival's home'

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  • October 5, 2013
A schoolboy allegedly set fire to a love rival's home amid suspicions his girlfriend was cheating on him, Belfast High Court has heard. The 15-year-old is accused of breaking into the flat in Lisburn, County Antrim, on Monday night and starting the b...

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